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  1. Drought forces Coca-Cola 'to halt canned drink production' in Namibia
  2. Kenya anal test trial: Examinations 'were not forced'
  3. One worker dies after a section of a Cameroon stadium collapses
  4. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni inaugurated for fifth term
  5. South Africa's national broadcaster to play 90% of local music
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  7. Email stories and comments to - Thursday 12 May 2016

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That's all from BBC Africa Live today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.  

A reminder of today's wise words:

Hunger in your brother's house does not prevent you from sleeping."

A Luo proverb sent by Mercy Opar in Nairobi, Kenya and Maryano Otto in Kampala, Uganda.

Click here to send us your African proverbs. 

And we leave you with a video from Uganda of a dance group performing at President Yoweri Museveni's inauguration for a fifth term: 

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Kenya's frustration over refugees 'understandable'

The head of the NGO International Rescue Committee, David Miliband, has been visiting refugee camps in Kenya following the government's threat to close them down.

He refused to speculate as to whether the Kenyan government was serious this time about closing Dadaab, which hosts thousands of people from neighbouring Somalia:

The recent government statements reflect understandable government frustration at the international community’s laid-back attitude to Kenya’s role as a refugee hosting country.

The focus is now on Dadaab, and we share their frustration about the laid-back attitude of the international community. It’s neither in the interests of refugees nor the hosting countries that refugees are left in limbo, unable to go home, or to be resettled, or to find purpose in the local economy."

Ugandan opposition leader's wife 'worried'

Winnie Byanyima

Winnie Byanyima says she is worried about her husband Kizza Besigye, the Ugandan opposition leader who was arrested on streets of Kampala ahead of President Yoweri Museveni’s inauguration.

She is in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, and told the BBC’s Milton Nkosi that she has no idea where he has been taken.

I’m extremely concerned because he was grabbed from the street yesterday quite violently and people were beaten up and he was taken with maximum force and he’s disappeared.

The government is lawless - they will not even tell us where they’ve taken him. The rumour I’ve heard is that he’s been flown by helicopter to a remote part in northern Uganda close to the Sudan border. We don’t know what charge there is."

Anti-corruption protesters demand change

A summit in London wouldn’t be a summit without some protesters.

Outside Lancaster House, where the UK has been hosting its anti-corruption gathering, the BBC’s Jean Otalor snapped these demonstrators shouting “end corruption” and “fantastically corrupt”.

Anti-corruption protesters in London

In this photo you can see some of the secessionist protesters from Biafra - earlier we reported that two Nigerian men were arrested near Buckingham Palace (see 15:25 post).

Anti-corruption protesters in London

Africa's London fashion legacy in poetry

British-Egyptian poet Sabrina Mahfouz performs London's Wardrobe, a spoken-word poetry piece tracing the African legacy of fashion in the UK capital:

Spoken word poetry on Africa's London fashion legacy

She is one of three African diaspora poets commissioned by BBC's Focus on Africa TV to write poetry on the theme of migration.   

Arsenal legend ends Ethiopia tour

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC Africa, Addis Ababa

Martin Keown of Arsenal denies Luis Boa Morte of Fulham during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Arsenal and Fulham at Craven Cottage in London. Arsenal won 3-1 )2001)
Martin Keown hopes to pass on some of his skills to Ethiopia's young footballers

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has finished a two-day visit of Ethiopia where he challenged the country and the continent to invest more in sports development.

Keown, who was part of the Gunners invincible team of 2003/2004, says he has no doubts that Ethiopia can become a great footballing nation in Africa, if it invests more in creating facilities for the youth to exploit their talents. 

During his visit, he toured grassroots football projects in the north-western city of Gondar and the capital, Addis Ababa. 

Some of the country's young talents also had an opportunity to be coached by the three-time English Premier League winner. 

Martin Keown (L) in Ethiopia
Martin Keown (R) in Ethiopia

He is the second Arsenal legend to visit Ethiopia in just six months following that of his former teammate Ray Palour, who was in the country last December. 

The tours are part of the partnership between the English club and a leading beer brand in Ethiopia to uplift the standards of football in the country. 

Boosting bottoms in Ivory Coast

Bottom enhancers come in all shapes and sorts, and at any cost, in Ivory Coast, writes AFP journalist Joris Fioriti.

"You need to have good hips to be dubbed a beauty in Ivory Coast," a saleswoman tells him, adding that "men like women with a bit of bottom best".

Women use creams, pop pills or splash out on padded panties in order to have more alluring posteriors, as these photos from Abidjan show:

Bottom enhancer pants for sale in Ivory Coasts
A woman shows pots of cream supposed to enhance bottom in a market in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

French prosecutors probe '$2m Olympic bid payment'

French prosecutors probe '$2m payment'
Tokyo delegation members celebrate after being confirmed Olympic hosts in 2013

French prosecutors are investigating a $2m (£1.4m) payment allegedly made to the Senegalese son of the ex-world athletics chief and whether it was linked to Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Allegations of the sum allegedly paid to a firm linked to the son of Lamine Diack had appeared in the UK-based Guardian newspaper.

Both Lamine and his son, Papa Massata Diack, already face a corruption inquiry in France. They have denied any wrongdoing.

The Japanese government has insisted its Tokyo bid in 2013 was clean.

Read the full BBC story here

Wada confirms Kenya athletics ban

The world anti-doping agency has confirmed that Kenya has not done enough to end doping in the sport, following a report from its Compliance Review Committee (CRC).

The agency tweets: 

The #WADA CRC has made the unanimous recommendation that #Kenya be declared non-compliant with immediate effect.

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The surprise move will mean some of the world's top athletes are at risk of missing August's Olympic games in Rio.

Kenya, one of the major forces in world athletics, has already missed two Wada deadlines to show it is tackling cheating in sport.

New forum to tackle corruption

UK PM David Cameron speaks during the final session at the Anti-Corruption Summit held at Lancaster House, London

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced the creation of a global forum to step up efforts to recover stolen assets. 

Speaking at an anti-corruption summit he hosted in London today, he said the forum would bring together governments and law enforcement agencies from countries that have had assets stolen, together with those from countries where assets are hidden. 

They will initially focus on returning stolen funds to Nigeria, Ukraine, Sri Lanka and Tunisia.

Nigeria's President Muhammadi Buhari has demanded the return of stolen assets stashed in the UK, and complained that the process was too slow. Here he is speaking earlier today:

President M. Buhari, sets out his hopes at the global anti-corruption summit in London

US fires at al-Shabab in Somalia

US special forces have been involved in "defensive fire" against fighters from militant Islamist group al-Shabab in southern Somalia, a US official has told reporters.  

The forces intervened after al-Shabab posed an "imminent threat" to a Ugandan contingent of African Union troops on a mission to disrupt a roadblock manned by the militants, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Ghanaian village being buried by sand

What was once a thriving fishing community in Ghana is now best reachable by boat because of rising sea levels, as the BBC's Thomas Naadi discovered on a visit to Fuveme:

Ghana's disappearing coastal village

Thomas says when he last visited the village, home to about 1,000 people, in October the shoreline was between 30m and 40m away.

For more read his report on Ghana's coastal erosion.

'IS militants' behind twin Libya suicide attacks

Rana Jawad

BBC North Africa correspondent

Four Libyan militiamen have been killed and more than 20 others injured after a double suicide bombing targeting a checkpoint 50km (31 miles) away from the western village of Abughrein.

The bombers reportedly used a car and a motorbike and are believed to have been members of the so-called Islamic state group. 

There was a similar deadly attack last week as the militants expanded the territory they hold in that area to another three villages.  

The worry now is that the radical group is edging closer to Misurta, Libya’s third largest city in the west of the country.

The armed forces that are pushing back IS include rival groups from the west, south and east - so there no clear chain of command and none are necessarily controlled by any of Libya’s three rival administrations. 

Want help working out who is in control in Libya? Read: Why Libya is so lawless

Map of Libya
LIbya's main militias

Uganda's dancing policemen

The BBC's reporter in Kampala captured some police moves earlier today at the swearing-in ceremony for Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni:

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Selfies with gorillas

A tourist snaps a picture of a family group of mountain gorillas in Rwanda's famous Volcanoes National Park in the north of the country:

Tourist taking a photo of himself with a gorilla in Rwanda

The BBC's Jason Boswell took the shot whilst on an assignment for Africa Business Report, being broadcast on BBC World TV tomorrow, looking at Rwanda's drive to diversify its tourism sector.

Deadly Nigeria suicide bombing

The explosives found on the suicide bomber in Maiduguri, Nigeria
Nigeria army
The explosives found on the suicide bomber in Maiduguri

A man stopped by security at the entrance to the main government building in Nigeria’s north-eastern city of Maiduguri has blown himself up.

The suicide bomber also killed two policemen who blocked him from gaining entrance to the complex, Nigeria’s army says.

Eighteen other people were injured and have been taken to hospital for treatment.  

Troops have cordoned off the area and evacuated all workers from the building and reinforced security, the army said.

Maiduguri was the headquarters of militant Islamist group Boko Haram when it launched its insurgency in 2009. 

New best friends?

President Yoweri Museveni (L) and Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir (R)
Mr Museveni (L) and Mr Bashir (R) made up last year

Amnesty International has called for Uganda to immediately arrest Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, who arrived in the East African nation today to attend the inauguration of his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni.

The UK-based rights group said Uganda had “an absolute obligation to surrender him” to the International Criminal Court.

Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s regional director for East Africa, said:

Uganda must face up to its international obligations and arrest Omar al-Bashir who is wanted on charges of genocide.”

It is no surprise that Mr Bashir feels safe to travel across Africa without fear of arrest as the African Union has said it doesn’t recognise the arrest warrant.

However, BBC World Service Africa news editor James Copnall says that seeing Mr Bashir at Mr Museveni's swearing-in shows just how quickly things can change in international relations - until recently the two were sworn enemies.

For decades they accused each other of supporting one another's rebel groups - and only four years ago on a visit to South Sudan, the Ugandan president said he understood the South Sudanese people's struggle with "that short man in Khartoum".

But things seem to have thawed over the last year – perhaps over regional concerns about ending the conflict in South Sudan.

Guinea-Bissau government dissolved

Guinea-Bissau has once more been plunged into a political crisis, as this tweet by a former BBC Africa producer tells us:  

Here we go again. #GuineaBissau President Mario Vaz has dismissed the cabinet led by Prime minister Correia who was appointed in October.

Reuters news agency reports that Mr Vaz justified his decision to fire the prime minister and the cabinet by saying that they were "incapable of managing the crisis and creating better political and institutional conditions for the [the government's] full function". 

A portrait of José Mario Vaz, presidential candidate of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, is seen during the aspirant's final campaign appearance May 16, 2014 in Bissau
Mr Vaz took office in 2014

The former Portuguese colony has had a spate of coups since independence in 1974, and has been dubbed as a "narco-state" because of the foothold international drug cartels have gained in the country. 

See: The story of Africa's first narco-state in graphic novel style

Biafra protesters arrested near Buckingham Palace

The BBC's former Nigeria correspondent tweets from London:

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There has been a recent resurgence of a secessionist movement that supports the creation of a breakaway state of Biafra in Nigeria. For more read Mannir Dan Ali's Should new calls for Biafra worry Nigerians?

Kenya schoolgirl 'dies after botched abortion'

A 15-year-old schoolgirl who had an illegal abortion in Kenya has reportedly bled to death. 

The person who is alleged to have helped her undergo the procedure in the central county of Tharaka-Nithiy has been arrested by police, Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper reports

Abortions are illegal in Kenya, but a doctor is allowed to perform one if a woman's life is in danger. 

The news of the teenager’s death comes as a new study suggests that one in four pregnancies globally ends in an abortion.

Researchers from the World Health Organization and Guttmacher Institute say the annual number of abortions worldwide increased from 50 million a year between 1990-1994 to 56 million a year between 2010-2014.

The rise in numbers is mostly seen in the developing world - driven in part by population growth and by a desire for smaller families.

The study points out that abortion rates were similar across countries - regardless of whether terminations are legal or not. 

Read the BBC story for more.

A woman recovering from an abortion
Thousands of Kenya women are treated in hospitals each year for complications from unsafe abortions

Coca-Cola 'cuts production in Namibia'

Coca-Cola has decided to halt the production of all canned drinks in Namibia because of a severe water shortage, AFP news agency reports. 

"We will cease the manufacturing of all canned products locally, substituting them with imported canned beverages from South Africa," Frik Oosthuizen, head of Coca-Cola in Namibia, said in a statement to AFP. 

"This decision has been taken as a direct result of the water crisis that is facing the Central region of Namibia and we are making every effort to continue to supply our customers."   

A picture taken on May 11, 2016 in Windhoek shows the logo at the entrance of the Coca Cola Namibia Bottling Company (Pty) Limited

Businesses in the capital, Windhoek, have been ordered by city officials to reduce water usage by 30% as Namibia battles to cope with one of the worst drought in decades to hit southern Africa. 

Coca-Cola has also decided to stop the production of drinks in glass bottles at its factory in Windhoek, but this will continue at another plant it has in the north of the country. 

Plastic bottled drinks will still be produced in Windhoek, AFP reports. 

Last week, Coca-Cola put a notice in Namibian newspapers, warning customers of possible "sporadic shortages countrywide". 

Kenya faces new anti-doping crisis

Kenya is set to be declared in breach of global anti-doping rules, the BBC has learned.

The surprise move will mean some of the world's top athletes are at risk of missing August's Olympic Games in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

Kenya has already missed two World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) deadlines to show it is tackling cheating in sport.

Now Wada is expected to rule the East African country non-compliant when its board meets in Montreal on Thursday.

Read the full BBC story here

Two-time world cross-country world champion Emily Chebet is among the Kenyan athletes to have been banned for doping offences
Two-time world cross-country world champion Emily Chebet is among the Kenyan athletes to have been banned for doping offences

New plan to tackle corruption

Six governments, including those of Nigeria, Afghanistan and the UK, have agreed to unmask the real owners of all companies operating in their countries. 

The announcement was made at the global anti-corruption summit being hosted in London by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. 

The UK government has been tweeting about it:  

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Will Nigeria currency be davalued?

A detail of some Nigerian Naira,(NGN) being counted in an exchange office on July 15, 2008 in Lagos,

Nigeria's government may be forced to devalue the currency, the naira, in one of the next steps to deal with the economic crisis in the country. 

That's the view Malte Liewerscheidt, the senior Africa analyst at UK-based risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft, expressed following the decision by President Muhammadu Buhari's administration to scrap fuel subsidies. 

He said: 

The government has been left little choice other than to get rid of the expensive fuel subsidy. The recent recovery in crude oil prices, persistent foreign exchange shortages and huge gaps in funding the 2016 budget have backed them into a corner

The decision might signal an increasing willingness on the part of Buhari to take market forces into account in economic policy decisions. A devaluation of the naira could now be on the cards."

See the renovations before Cameroon stadium collapse

The BBC's Leocadia Bongben is heading down to the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Cameroon's capital, Yaounde, to find out the latest on the collapse (see 12:23 post) which has killed one worker.

She was at the stadium last week when Prime Minister Philemon Yang (seen here in white) visited to see the building works:

Prime Minister Philemon Yang (in white) visiting works at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Cameroon
Work going on at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Cameroon

Amendment: This post originally reported that two workers had died, but officials later confirmed that one person was killed in the collapse.

Buhari and Kerry hold talks

The US secretary of state has met Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on the sidelines of the anti-corruption summit in London:

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Anal test trial in Kenya

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC Africa, Mombasa

Gay men kiss in Kenya
Homosexual acts are illegal in the East African state

A court case in Kenya, brought by two men who say they were forced to undergo an anal examination in defiance of their constitutional rights to see whether they had gay sex, has resumed in this coastal city. 

Today, prosecutor Ruth Luta challenged their version, insisting that the examination was done with their consent, and the two had put their signatures to a document which showed the results. 

But their lawyer, Sunday Ligunya, argues that the tests were discriminatory, and in violation of Kenya's constitution. 

The two men also allege they were made to take tests for HIV and hepatitis at a hospital in Mombasa after police arrested them in February 2015 on suspicion of homosexual activity.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Kenya, punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

The case has been adjourned to 13 June when the High Court will make a ruling. 

Read: Where is it illegal to be gay? 

Analysis: SABC applauded over music decision

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

South African singer Lira (2010)
The profile of local musicians will be boosted

Many South Africans have taken to social media to celebrate the announcement that the national broadcaster will play 90% of local music, saying it will help to showcase the country's musical diversity.

SABC, which has about 30 million daily listeners to its radio stations, says the decision comes after extensive consultations with those involved in the country's music industry.

Stations here have been criticised in the past for playing mostly Western music and not supporting local artists.

Although the SABC's decision is for a three-month trial period - after which it will decide whether to make it permanent, depending on what listeners say - industry insiders are hoping that it will help boost the profiles of local artists.

South African musicians often perform with musicians from other parts of the continent, so this will be a chance for those collaborations to be heard at home.

The new playlists will include music in a number of the country's 11 official languages and various genres.

It's great news for local artists, who stand to profit from a boost in sales of their music.

And for many listeners too, the decision seems to have struck the right note.

Workers die in Cameroon stadium collapse

Two workers have died after a collapse at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde.

BBC Africa Sport’s Leocadia Bongben in Yaounde says a section of the stadium was being renovated ahead of November’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Cameroon. 

She says other workers are reported to be injured. 

An international match being played at Yaounde's Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium - 7 January 2015
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The Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde was opened in 1972

Get involved: Should music be local?

Most people on the BBC Africa Facebook page have welcomed the decision by South Africa's national broadcaster, SABC, to play 90% of local music on its radio stations, though some have their doubts. 

Terina Francis says 

In Nigeria we don't listen to foreign music.It's all about naija jamzz. Foreign music here is so unpopular. When we have the likes of Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, Davido, wizkid, Sheyi Shey, etc who cares about foreign music?

Christopher Dembetembe expresses a similar view:

They should have implemented that a long time ago. Here in Zimbabwe, our former Minister of Information, Jonathan Moyo, implemented that some years ago - promote your talent."

Ton Kha Lee, who studied in Nigeria, is a little sceptical:

It will only yield the desired result if the musicians themselves put in more effort in the quality of music they make. "

L'sizo Chriss Mnqaba, who studied in South Africa, is opposed to it:

Oh that's not a good idea. Music is music, no matter if it's local or international."

'Return Africa's looted $60bn within three years'

People in the audience at the anti-corruption summit in London are asking questions – this activist from Cameroon wants more transparency about Africa’s hidden assets around the world:

Cameroonian at anti-corruption summit
Cabinet Office UK

Senegal’s Justice Minister Sidiki Kaba put the amount at $60bn (£41bn):  

Senegal’s Justice Minister Sidiki Kaba
Cabinet Office UK

He urged the summit to set a deadline for the recovery of the money so that it could be used for development in Africa. 

Mr Kaba suggested that period should be within three years. 

Museveni criticised over Bashir's presence

Mr Museveni's inauguration
Mr Museveni has been sworn in for a fifth term

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has been condemned by a leading rights group for inviting his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir to his inauguration, despite the fact that he is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes in Darfur. 

Human Rights Watch researcher Maria Burnett said in a statement that Mr Museveni has banned social media,detained opposition leader Kizza Besigye and was tarnishing his inauguration further by welcoming Mr Bashir. 

She added:

Bashir belongs before the International Criminal Court, not attending inaugural celebrations."

Mr Bashir denies the charges, and says the ICC is a political tool of Western powers. Uganda and nearly all other African states have agreed that not to to execute the ICC's arrest warrant for him. 

The Ugandan government's media officers had tweeted his arrival for the inauguration:  

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Anti-corruption summit: 'No to anonymous companies'

Mo Ibrahim, a British-Sudanese mobile communications entrepreneur who made billions from investing in Africa, has addressed the anti-corruption summit being hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron in London.  

He emphasised that people should not be able to hide behind front companies:

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Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is on the current panel at the summit. Referring to recent problems in Mozambique after the country had not declared debts of more than $1bn (£690m), she said that more transparency and integrity was needed:

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For more on the situation in Mozambique, read Lerato Mbele's piece: Is there something fishy about Mozambique's debt? 

90% local music: SABC decision popular with Twitter users

The decision by South Africa's broadcaster to play 90% of local music has been welcomed by many people on Twitter: 

#SABC to play 90% local music! We welcome the "death of cultural imperialism" - Don Laka. Phambili #sabcnewsroom #morninglive phambili!

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I have never been one for regulation but this is exceptionally good news for our local industries.

Anti-corruption summit: Foreign property owners will be named

If you want to watch live coverage of the anti-corruption summit here in London you can follow the sessions here:

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The UK Prime Minister David Cameroon is currently taking questions at the conference.

His government has announced that foreign firms that own property in the UK will have to declare their assets publicly in a bid to stamp out money-laundering.

Companies will have to be on a new register if they hold property or want to compete for government contracts.

Read the BBC News story for more.

Nigerian petrol selling today at higher price

Isa Sanusi

BBC Africa, Abuja

Some fuel stations in Nigeria have already begun to sell petrol at prices dictated by the market (see 09:24 post).

Many here in the capital, Abuja, started last night after the announcement that the subsidy had been scrapped. 

Only stations owned by the state-run NNPC firm are selling at the old price until they exhaust their current stock.

And fuel is likely to be more expensive in northern Nigeria because of the cost of transporting it there.

People queuing for petrol in Lagos

Historic heart operation in Tanzania

Tanzania's former President Jakaya Kitwete has tweeted about an historic bypass heart operation performed at the country's main referral hospital in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam:

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"Maendeleo" means progress or development in Swahili.

Debris 'almost certainly' from MH370

The plane crash remains unresolved

Two pieces of aircraft debris found on beaches in Mauritius and South Africa almost certainly came from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, say Malaysian and Australian officials.

It is the latest development in efforts to solve the mystery of the aircraft, which went missing in March 2014.

The plane, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, had 239 people on board when it vanished.

It is presumed to have crashed into the sea after veering off course.

Read the full BBC story here

BreakingUganda's Museveni sworn in

Patience Atuhaire

BBC Africa, Kampala

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has just been sworn in for a fifth term by the chief justice. 

He has also been handed the instruments of power - the constitution, the coat of arms, the flag and the shield and sword, which is the symbol of the army. 

He is now inspecting the guard of honour.